Amazingly you…

The sun sets on another day…

I was sitting in the truck, watching the sun fall, and I smiled. A series of birds flew overhead, and the sky slowly shifted in colors. When it was done I walked inside, and was happy with the moment.

I get a kick out of the moments in life where you realize things about yourself. I find it even more impressive when I get excited about learning, or learning about others. Each time I am honestly intrigued by how people see the world, and that gives me the ability to change the way I see the world, if only a little.

We all should realize how unique we actually are. Even if you have a twin or a look-alike, the experiences you have been through and the multitude of environmental changes make you, well, uniquely you! It is truly astounding when you consider there is no one like you, and never will be. All the good and the bad you have lived through make you the ultimate amazing you, and that is a good thing, right?

I see so many parents who are super good people trying so hard to be more and make their children more, only to find that things do not go as planned. People question why? I strongly feel the answer is simple, what make a person a good or great person isn’t about how good their life was, it was about experiencing more, and that includes both good and some bad as well. We are the sum of all that we are, no other way possible. In that, we can find solace in our commitment to how to make an amazing person.

Sounds fun, right?

So as the sun sets on another day, you are spectacular and unique. Never let anyone take that from you. Define who you are daily with both the good, and the bad. It makes you who you are each day, and that is a good thing. Thanks for being you always, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and keep being amazing…

Linear chaos…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was another cloudless fiery fling into the twilight as the sky lit with orange, then slid from view. I sat in awe, then ran the puppy to get a puppy sundae.

I was planting the garden today with perfect precision. Making sure each tomato plat was in line with the last, and each cucumber was ready to rock and roll. Then I laughed. For all the planning I do each year, as soon as the plants take off, they are everywhere. It becomes pure chaos no matter how well I plan, no matter how much I do to curtail the spread of everything.

It is amazing to me how so many people try to plan everything. No matter how hard you try, there are so many things that can slide to the side it sometimes just wavers and falls. Ooops. I am not saying that not having a plan is a good thing, you just have to remember that plans have to be flexible enough to adapt, and in the process we have to truly understand that everything is fluid, and there are very few absolutes.

What do you think? Do you plan your moments to the T and find them lining up to exactly what you want? Do you let the cards fall where they may, and realize that everything may or may not line up, but you will get through it, or is there another choice?

No matter how you approach it, find success, and just remember, sometimes what you think of as linear can turn to chaos in this thing called life, and as it does, it can be pretty funny.

So as the sun sets on another day, fail to plan can be a plan to fail, but a plan without end cannot adapt to the rigors of life. Find a way to enjoy your life with and without planning, and as you do, I hope you find spectacular wonders each day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be super…


The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was like a lightbulb slowly burning out on the horizon. The mist in the west slowly ate away the light until only a halo remained. It was actually pretty awesome!

There are times in life where we really are not sure of the theory of everything. This means sometimes the path is not clear. I had a short discussion about that this weekend and I agreed with some thoughts, and did not with others. In “The Road Less Traveled” it was implied that the difference was higher because a person chose a way less worn. Something that could be an adventure. It was suggested to me that the poem really meant that it did not matter which and that the poem was not about the choosing of a path. In the end, I reviewed and agreed with the stance, but as with most poetry it can be taken a variety of ways.

With that try this:


A Misty day lie before, without a path to take
I fought my desire for more sleep and to try to stay awake
The path before is nevermore, and I may never know
Who came before and went again, as traveled to and fro

I saw not far and knew not where each path took a turn
but I had to go and find my way and find what I could learn
I took no path and walked my way, now and through the day
and when at last the mist was gone I knew I’d found my way

There was no fear, nor long regret, in what I did that time
I walked a path that no one took and called it only mine
as others think they missed a path, I know it’s always true
The path best taken is your path and not what others knew

Now before the path is dark, and I don’t know my way
behind me paths are dozens long, and memories here to stay
Again I walk with hastened fire, and make the path so fine
No matter good, nor bad that comes the outcome will be mine

So as the sun sets on another day, I hope you find your way with no regrets, and enjoy every moment as your own. After all, this life is yours and no one can make it any better than you. Make your best life, and find your way, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and keep living…

Positive points…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was spectacular, not a little, but a whole lot. The skies are bright and filled with everything but the long lost clouds. As spring springs, there is new hope in the air, and colors everywhere.

I was talking to a group of people about positives and was lost in thought after our discussion. I have said over and over that we should always focus on the positive in our lives. I will be the first to admit that this can sometimes be hard. Whether it is pain or sickness or just the general miasmic shroud of the world there are sometimes issues that are hard to overcome.

I would never ask anyone to be fake or not to express themselves as they saw fit. With that in mind I also would never suggest to anyone to try to make others suffer with them if they are suffering. It would be nice if we could see the positives and relate the positives to others. If we are overwhelmed sometimes it is better to consider what we say before we say it.

Recently I was at a restaurant and next to us was a couple that were being very difficult. I am not sure what their story was except that the person taking care of them tried everything to meet their needs to no avail. even if there were issues there is a right and a wrong way to handle it just as there is a right and wrong way to handle everything. I am only suggesting that if there was a problem did they take a more positive approach and if there wasn’t, why treat someone negatively?

There are numerous examples but I think you get the point, let’s try to remember that everyone is seeking a positive day and let’s find it together.

So as the sun sets on another day, even people who don’t seem to would like a more positive day. Let’s find a way to help everyone be more positive and find a path to a little bit better day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and there is a bright side…

Fourth Spring…

The sun sets on another day…

Just say “wow” and get lost in the sunset. It was a wild and colorful twilight, and the world was pretty dern “woof” at the end of the day.

The last few weeks we have been riding the rollercoaster known as “Spring in Michigan”! I think we are on fourth spring now, and maybe third winter, eighth fall, and getting ready for first summer. It is interesting being here as weather changes often and it is easy to see snow in the morning and 60s and 70s in the afternoon. People in the area just roll with it.

Maybe that’s a good way to work with life. Maybe we all just need to roll with it and go on, and find a path that works. That doesn’t mean avoiding anything or ignoring the bad, but some days you may just need to put a coat on, while other days its time for a tank top and sunglasses. Life can come at you hard, but each of us has the ability to overcome and just enjoy the ride.

So as the sun sets on another springlike day, I hope you have good weather and good fun daily. Mostly I hope you find today to be as special as I did, and tomorrow, whether spring, fall, winter, or summer, have a super day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love with passion, and where are my sunglasses?

Here comes the sun…

The sun sets on another day…

I found myself lost in the sunset and considered all of the previous days. Today was scattered with clouds and amazement and I enjoyed every moment that I could. There can be no better day then a day you enjoy. I went to a location where eagles fly, and saw the eagles fly close but as I pulled out my camera they soared to the heavens and I could not see them anymore. Oh well, I have the memory.

Even though Mother Nature pulled her super switcheroo on us I am finding the idea of a new season quite awesome. As seasons change so do people and I can only hope it will be consistently for the positive as we go into yet another spring and summer and get to laugh and giggle in the daily sun. There was sun for some time this week and then it kind of disappeared. Lost in the moment and suddenly it jumped back and shined upon us all.

We all have an opportunity to be somebody else’s sun. We can shine our bright lights and positivity even when darkness falls and people don’t feel like it. There is a significant amount of everything in everything we do and as we meet people spraying a little positivity their way can be a wonderful gift if only for a moment.

With that in mind, say those kind words, open doors for everyone, be a beacon of light, and to make yourself known as a positive person. There really isn’t a negative there and no excuse not to be the person who is changing everyone’s world one moment at a time. People think I’m funny when I try to make the drive through attendant laugh, or generally be a little more silly than everyone else. I will take the silly and funny every time if it gets a smile out of someone’s face and shows them that not everyone is trying to bring them down.

So as the sun sets on another day, I hope you have a spectacular day. If you are in Michigan I hope you are enjoying 3rd fall or 2nd winter or whatever we are in right now. The warmth is coming back and we will all enjoy it. If you are somewhere else, I hope you have a spectacular time and enjoy your warm days each day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and happy sun day…

Where is it?

The sun sets on another day…

Every day is a choice. Every day you can either take the positive way or the negative way and make your day exactly that. I know it seems challenging, and sometimes it wears on you. It’s pretty darn hard. From a personal perspective, every morning when I wake up, my mind starts going through the positives of the day. Over the years, I have trained myself to acknowledge the negatives but not allow them to weigh upon my day. This isn’t easy. I do this by looking for the positives of the day. Sometimes it takes a few minutes, and sometimes it’s pretty instantaneous, but it all depends on people and situations that give me peace and peace of mind.

I was talking to someone fantastic today about the entire process. It’s not that you’re trying to find the most fantastic moment ever. It’s not that you’re picking something you want and looking just for it. Instead, it’s finding those things that can lift you that are already there. I’d liken it to “Where’s Waldo.” if you are not familiar, it is a game you play with your kids looking for Waldo and specific items inside a picture. There are many things in that picture, but your goal is to find Waldo. My kids and I had a ton of fun playing that game and just looking at everything in the picture. There were strange little people with bug eyes, tall people, short people, people doing weird things like play calliopes, and a variety of other items. What’s funny is that as we were laughing and paying attention to the things that were making us laugh, we always ended up finding Waldo.

I’m suggesting that life is the same way. It’s not like you will wake up and suddenly realize you have won the lottery. You may win the lottery later in the day, and you may not. Along the way, you may find a dime on the floor and put it in your pocket, then a quarter. Someone may smile at you and tell you something nice about yourself. Someone may let you merge into traffic without turning it into a crazy bumper car session. The smell of flowers may waft past your nostrils. A hundred other things might happen that are very positive for you, and whether you win the lottery or not, you suddenly are looking at the positive things.

Yeah, I know. We seem to be trained to ignore the positives and look at the negatives. Despite places trying to report good news, all you hear are negatives. Someone will talk about getting sick at a restaurant, but they won’t talk about the thousands of people that enjoyed that restaurant without getting sick. (Yeah, I know it could be a dumb example, but I liked it) my point is that there are so many potential negatives and positives that we have a choice in looking at them. Even if we’re sick or feeling bad, we can easily say we made it through one more night.

I know a young woman who is going through chemotherapy. She has maintained her dignity and positivity throughout the ordeal, even though it has been horribly difficult. I think she does this because people support her. I know I do. I talked to a very good friend this week that was going through a horrible situation. When I asked how he was, he had a simple answer, “I am better than yesterday and not quite as good as I’ll be tomorrow.” if we all took that attitude, our days would always be amazing.

So as the sun sets on another day, look for the positives. They’re out there waiting for you, and you should be waiting for them. Make them yours and enjoy all the time you have, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and keep being fantastic…

Roller coasters…

The sun sets on another day…

Another spectacular sunset and another day to enjoy warm weather in April. Michigan Summers aren’t as long as they should be but I suppose they’re just right for where they are. That being said April is kind of an in-between month and sometimes it’s very wonderful and other times, not so much. You can learn to appreciate April if you just pay attention.

I think it’s funny sometimes how a lot of people see their lives as okay but they’re not really happy or sad they just exist. I suppose they’re exactly right and their life is okay but as they continue to go along the same path they never really get farther or see more.

When you ride a roller coaster there is an anticipation that goes through your mind as you are climbing the first hill. In many of the new roller coasters that first Hill is a slingshot and you don’t have time to anticipate anything but either way once you are over top of the hill you have reached new heights and suddenly you are plunged into perilous plummets that make your mind sway and everything about you tense up.

If you describe these symptoms to a doctor he would probably give you a prescription for some type of antidepressant but in reality those ups and downs and plunges and ascents create your ability to appreciate both. If you have never really fallen, how can you appreciate normal and if you have never really ascended to the top how could you appreciate, well, normal. It is this thought that often people overlook as they realize that without the dips in our lives we may not appreciate the heights in our lives. You have to ask yourself two questions: if my life was always happy would I even know? If my life was always sad would I even know?

Of course there are lots of answers to this and many debates but the easy point that I am trying to make here was made in a movie called Parenthood. A merry-go-round goes round and round and is highly predictable, a roller coaster goes everywhere and I for one like the roller coaster because it reminds me I am alive.

So as the sun sets on another day, take a moment and ride the roller coaster again. Be that person who understands that with great happiness there are also some stumbles and even some falls. Be more and live more everyday until you can step back and just say wow, what a ride. I hope you find that type of excitement in your life no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and yeehaw…

The Rabbit Hole…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was wonderful, and very very bright. The constant rain gave a clarity to the sky and removed all the pollution as well as all the clouds. As sun set it was as though a golden flashlight was shining directly to the east and the water lit up like molten fire. I enjoyed it.

It is not often that I am sad, but I was last night as I watched a movie and saw that James Hampton had passed away in 2021. He hasn’t been on many things for a long time, but I met him about eight years ago at a Comic Con. He was having trouble as he had Parkinson’s and was having difficulty both talking and articulating everything. Many people walked by his booth as it was evident, he was frail but to me it was very evident who he was, and I smiled as I walked up to talk to him.

I believe it was his wife that was with him, if not it was a very close friend, and she began to explain that he was having difficulties talking but I said that was OK. I sat and talked to him for about 5 minutes about his films and about the things that he did that made me smile. I liked his characters and how he usually portrayed someone of innocence or seeming innocence. I talked to him about Teen Wolf for a moment and since no one else was there I bought a movie and a picture from him, and his wife took the money and asked if I wanted a picture. I of course did and got a picture with him and as I stood in front of the table ready to leave told him, “Thank you for making a difference to so many”.

I hadn’t planned or thought about the words but as I said something he cried a little and I knew it meant a lot to him. Of course, to me he was one of the many people who shaped my life if only just a little. I was watching a movie last night and saw him in it and as I did, I looked him up and realized he passed away from Parkinson’s.

There are so many people who make a difference in our lives is it so wrong to take a few moments and let them know. I write a few letters a week and I rarely hear back from anyone but when I do I smile for a moment. It would be so amazing to talk to some of these key individuals and see if they believed in their characters or if they were completely different. There are so many people that incite passion in the world, and I have found that often they do not necessarily have that passion, it belongs to the writer. When they do have that passion and the writer, and the actor align it is like a magic that cannot easily be understood. Finding someone so immersed in doing the right thing or being more is rare but it makes the world a better place.

So as the sun sets on another day, I will keep looking up people on the old TV shows I enjoy and in the old movies that I watch while so many people sleep and as I do so perhaps someday, I will have a conversation that shatters the world. At minimum it will shatter mine. I hope you find your way down some interesting rabbit holes as I do, and when you do I hope your passion explodes, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live for passion…